Jess Cagle
December 07, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

Ghost Dad

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
83 minutes
performer
Bill Cosby, Kimberly Russell, Sidney Poitier, Ian Bannen, Barry Corbin, Christine Ebersole
director
Sidney Poitier
distributor
MCA/Universal Home Video
genre
Sci-fi and Fantasy, Comedy

We gave it a C-

The ghost of Leonard Part 6. Scathing reviews (including a D- in Entertainment Weekly) helped save millions of moviegoers from paying to see Bill Cosby mug his way through Ghost Dad in theaters. But with a lot of fast-forwarding through Cosby’s silly histrionics, this spiritless rip-off of the classic movie comedy Blithe Spirit offers a few moments of dumb fun. The highlights of the film, directed by Sidney Poitier, are certainly the refreshingly, subversive performances by Twin Peaks‘ Dana Ashbrook as a teenager-from-hell and Raynor Scheine as the bearded, demented cabbie who sets off the story by driving Cosby off a bridge. ”I like you,” the cabbie says. ”Do you worship Satan?” C-

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